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Town Hall staff ‘not happy’ at transfer

12 January, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Unison’s Jane Doolan: ‘We want guarantees’

A UNION representing staff in the Town Hall’s digital department wants “guarantees” over pay and transparency before jobs are transferred to Camden Council.

The Town Hall executive agreed last week to transfer the current shared digital services to Camden Council, along with Haringey’s, on April 1.

Staff would be employed by Camden but shared across the three boroughs in a move that the council believes will bring benefits such as savings and improved performance.

Unison branch secretary Jane Doolan said members had complained about a lack of communication by the council.

Ms Doolan said staff who were “acting up” want assurances that they will transfer in that job, and not their original post.

She added: “Clearly, the decision has been made that they are going to transfer these staff over. The staff are not happy about it.

“We will try and get the best possible we can for the members. We want guarantees.”

A report which went to the Town Hall executive said no jobs were expected to be “deleted”.

Staff would transfer across on existing terms and conditions of employment.

If the three councils agree to delegate the service to Camden, the councils will collectively consult on the transfer.

An Islington Council spokesman said there had been “extensive dialogue” with staff and unions.

He added: “Dialogue is ongoing and there are regular communications in place for staff. The recommendation to delegate the day-to-day service will simplify decision-making,
and make the service more efficient and effective.”

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